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president bashar al-assad. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command -- the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >>pam: u-s officials are concerned that with fighting moving closer to damascus, the assad regime may be getting desperate and could use chemical weapons to try to crush the rebellion. secretary of state hillary clinton says if assad goes down that road... there will be consequences. >> this is a red line for the united states. i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people, but suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur. >>pam: u-s officials say assad could use artillery shells filled with sarin to push back opposition forces. sarin is 500 times more deadly than cyanide. one drop can kill a person in a matter of minutes. syria not the only thing on washington's mind right now. with about four weeks to go before t
bashar al-assad against using weapons of mass destruction. ed payne has the story. (gunshots ) >> as the fighting in syria rages on, secretary of defense leon panetta says the latest intelligence reports raise serious concerns that syrian president bashar al-assad may turn chemical weapons on his own citizens. panetta issued this warning to the syrian leader. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made it very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> diplomatic efforts to end the 21-month conflict in syria have failed. 42- thousand people have been killed so far, according opposition activists. with so much at stake, senator john mccain says it may be time to take action. >> if true kitties reports may mean that the -- these reports united states and our allies are facing the prospect of an imminent use of weapons of mass destruction in syria and this may be the last warning w
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